The Cincinnati Reds have reinstated outfielder Ryan Ludwick from the 60-day disabled list before their game Monday against the Chicago Cubs.
He’ll play left field and bat sixth in the lineup.
Ludwick has been out since opening day when he tore cartilage in his right shoulder during a head-first slide into third base against the Los Angeles Angels. Ludwick had shoulder surgery and couldn’t swing for three months.
During a rehab assignment, Ludwick went 6 for 44, but finished with a four-game hitting streak. Ludwick says coming back has been "a lot tougher than I thought it would be."
Also, Cincinnati optioned OF Derrick Robinson to Triple-A Louisville. Robinson was hitting .254 with seven RBIs.
In 2012, Ludwick hit .275 with 26 home runs and 80 RBIs.